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As an international nonprofit organization with more than 30 years of experience in sustainability transformation, we understand that the social and economic well-being of rural communities is tightly connected to ecosystem health. This knowledge has shaped our rigorous programs to advance sustainable land-use and commodity production.


At the Rainforest Alliance we combat climate change, protect forests and biodiversity, promote human rights, and improve livelihoods. The enormity of the social and environmental challenges we are facing requires working together in a broad alliance. This is why we bring farmers, forest communities, companies, and consumers together to change the way the world produces, sources, and consumes.




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Position summary:

The Senior associate, Gender & Human Rights is mainly responsible of strengthening the economic and social rights of women, youth and indigenous people through engagement in community-based and environmentally sustainable landscape management. The Senior Associate will support Rainforest Alliance landscapes & communities projects in Cameroon with the purpose of strengthening and sustain economic and social rights of adult women and youth through engagement in community-based and environmentally sustainable landscape management decisions and income-generating activities. Existing main projects includes funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), European Commission, Forest Allies and philanthropy. These projects are implemented in close collaboration with local civil society organisations (CSOs), private sector enterprises, municipalities, and community-based organisations (CBOs).



  • The Rainforest Alliance’s Core Values are Impact, Change, Collaboration, Openness and Trust and as such they form the basis of the behaviours we demonstrate;
  • Monitor activities related to gender mainstreaming, of the co-implementing partners and approve the delivery of their products in accordance with their responsibilities in the projects;
  • Advocate for the representation of women, youth and indigenous people and the integration of their perspectives and experiences in the decision-making processes;
  • Technically assist landscape management governance bodies to ensure gender and youth-sensitive design and implementation of the landscape management plan and balance sheets;
  • Provide support to landscape management governance bodies, CSOs, CBOs and women-led enterprises in documenting projects learnings on effective strategies to strengthen the economic and social empowerment of women, youth and indigenous people through their increased engagement in community-based environmentally sustainable landscape management and value chain participation and discussing them with key local and national stakeholders.
  • Develop and propose to the project coordinators inputs in the gender mainstreaming perspective for Annual work plans and budgets;
  • Deliver plans and reports required by the projects monitoring and evaluation plans and coordinate  short-term consultants in accordance with principles of adaptive management;
  • Synthesize key projects learnings on operationalising gender mainstreaming, social diversity and equity in community-based landscape management and exchange knowledge within and beyond the landscapes
  • Manage financial resources in accordance with the rules commonly agreed between Rainforest Alliance and the donors;
  • Support the development of project proposals to ensure gender an human rights considerations and advice on gender and human rights for our certification program ; and
  • Perform other related duties as required.




  • Master degree in human rights, gender studies, development studies, social development or other relevant educational background; or a Bachelor degree in the same field with significant experience;
  • A minimum of three  years’ practical experience (five years for Bachelor degree) working on one or more human rights issues, such as gender equality, youth inclusion, indigenous persons’ rights, freedom of association, freedom from child/forced labor, occupational safety and health
  • Knowledge and experience in the particular field of gender equality and gender mainstreaming in income-generating activities and value chain development,
  • At least two years of experience with management and reporting of donor funded projects;
  • Experience working with and strengthening local civil society organisations and community-based organisations;
  • Experience working with international or national non-governmental organizations supporting gender and or youth and or indigenous people;
  • Specific experience and expertise on gender analysis, gender mainstreaming and women’s participation with familiarity with gender analysis tools and methodologies (household approach and participatory methods);
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse groups of stakeholders, from government to small-scale producers.
  • Strong team-based orientation and demonstrated familiarity with project management within a team environment;
  • Strong organizational skills and efficient management of multiple tasks and priorities;
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal;
  • Excellent written, oral and graphical communication skills in French and English
  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 30% of the time nationally and internationally.



Commensurate with experience.


Deadline: September 11,  2022



Only candidates authorized to work in Cameroon will be considered.


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